Edward Snowden Is Ready To Come Back To The States

Edward Snowden has opened the eyes of people around the world, when it comes to understanding the intricacies that are hidden in the dark side of the United States government. Most people call him a traitor and a trouble maker that has no allegiance to his country, but there are others that respect him for uncovering the deceitful acts of a powerful capitalistic nation. Whatever you think of Snowden one thing is for sure, he is a man without a country.

The former NSA contractor has been living in Russia for the last two years, but he still has contact with the states through unknown channels. The former Attorney General promised Snowden that if he did return the government would not seek the death penalty, but that wasn’t enough for Snowden to pack his bags and return. The American government wants him back so they can charge him with espionage under an old World War I era act. That would mean an almost certain life sentence or even death even though Snowden has a guarantee.

Snowden still claims he released classified documents to serve his country not to hurt it. His intent was to stop the government from saying one thing and doing another, but even his revelations hasn’t stopped that sort of activity. Just ask the countries that have felt the effects of the dark side of this country.

A special shout out to Daniel Amen for keeping me in the loop on the story every time I visit his office.

Gov. Scott Walker Announces Support for Post-20-Week Abortion Ban

On Wednesday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced his support for a state ban on abortions after 20 weeks. In doing so, the popular governor finally broke his silence on an issue he averted during his recent reelection. Also, the governor puts himself squarely in the conservative column on the controversial social issue. It appears that the governor is quietly unifying the Tea Party base of the GOP which will be crucial in the GOP primary should he decide to run for president.

Supporters of the ban insist that for every week after 20, the fetus becomes more and more capable of surviving outside the womb as they noted on yellowpages.com. Walker, whose father was a protestant pastor, invoked his Christian upbringing when affirming that he would sign such a measure into law if it were placed on his desk. He stated that he was instructed as a child that life is sacred and must be protected. It may be that Walker will be able to appeal to evangelical voters better than former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. The latter is an ordained minister which fact appeals to the evangelical voters. However, he was unable to expand his support much beyond devoutly Christian voters.

In addition to affirming that he would sign the 20-week abortion ban from the state legislature, he also affirmed he would sign such a measure into law as president of the United States. Part of the distinction Walker is drawing with Jeb Bush is that he is not afraid to defend conservatism loudly and proudly.

Bruce Levenson NBA Career Hero Educates Tomorrow’s Youths About Philanthropy

Bruce Levenson has invested in different professions in his eventful career life. He’s a successful businesses mogul and philanthropist. With a background in journalism, Levenson is a grounded professional. In 2004, Levenson acquired two of the sports industry’s most- respected brands, the Atlanta Hawks, and Atlanta-Thrashers. Time Warner transferred the operating rights of the popular Philips Arena to Levenson.

Levenson has established and managed several business empires in the sports arena. He’s an NBA boards-of-governors member and chairs the Hawks management team. The Hawks have endured countless competitions under Levenson’s leadership. The team outperformed other rivals in the NBA Eastern Conference league. The Hawks have engaged in NBA playoffs for seven seasons in a row. No other team in this league has managed to document such a feat. The Hawks recorded some of the best NBA scores throughout the rigorous 2014-2015 season. The NBA All-Stars Eastern Conference has honored the Hawks head-coach Danny Ferry for his outstanding leadership which led to the team’s success throughout the season. Ferry became the team’s head in 2012 under Levenson’s management. Three teammates got drafted to represent the All-Star 2015 team. Levenson broke news of his plans to sell the Hawks in 2014.

Throughout his career, Levenson has pursued global interests in cooking technology, business intelligence, and professional sports. His most successful project involved confounding the multifaceted business empire UCG (United-Communications-Group). The brand has a focus on consulting professionals involved in the government sector, telecommunications, energy solutions, technology, defense, healthcare and information software banking. It’s a global effort involving the supplementation of data analysis and consultation to foster growth. Levenson is a GasBuddy partner and serves the online conglomerate TechTarget as director. The GasBuddy app has a following of over forty-five million motorists. Levenson also teamed with veteran technology designers and branded his own 3-second bread toaster oven DOT.

His forty-year long journey helping the future generations of youth is a memorable one. He’s organized and funded several educational programs aimed at empowering disadvantaged youths. I-Have-a-Dream and PeacePlayers are two of Levenson’s programs put in place to help challenged youths of tomorrow. He’s lectured university students about the values of philanthropy. Levenson launched an initiative focused on helping future philanthropists to cultivate extraordinary talents and the education needed to build a successful career. He’s aided UMD (University-of-Maryland) that has a Non-Profit Management program in place aimed at educating and empowering next-gen non-profit leaders. With the help of the Center-of-Philanthropy, Levenson intends to spread awareness worldwide.

 

Keith Mann Helps Raise Over $22,000 Dollars For Uncommon Schools In New York

Keith Mann and Dynamics Search Partners held a fundraiser at the Standard Hotel Beer Garden. They managed to raise over $22,000. The proceeds from the event went to Uncommon Schools in New York. The funds will be used to sponsor student testing for a new high school that Uncommon Schools will be opening in fall 2015.

Keith Mann says that the purpose of Uncommon Schools is to help students excel in the classroom. It also aims to help students who come from a low-income family go to college. He is a strong believer in the mission and believes that everyone should have the chance to go to college.

Dynamics Search Partners has worked with Uncommon Schools ever since 2013. Both Uncommon Schools and Dynamics Search Partners are committed to helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in college and the working world.

Keith Mann also says that one of the reasons he enjoys working with Uncommon Schools because he enjoys seeing how motivated the students are. He has had the privilege of going to meetings and sitting in with the students. The students are very committed to participating in internships, going to college and starting their future career.

CPAC Finds Common Ground with Elizabeth Warren on Distrust of Big Banks But Nothing Else

National Harbor, Maryland – The recent CPAC straw poll concluded this week with quasi-libertarian Senator Rand Paul carrying the victory honors for the third straight year in a row. However, what was notable to progressives was that conservatives distrust and dislike big Wall Street banks as much as they do. It is a stereotype of the political left that the GOP embraces the FED and its stealth conglomerate of big banks. In actuality, conservatives have long distrusted the big banks. This was evident at the CPAC gathering.

Still, it was interesting to witness CPAC’s grass roots conservatives embracing the same rhetoric used by feisty Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. As previously stated, some progressive news outlets found this amusing as if conservatives might finally be coming around to their ideology. Lost in the discussion was the fact that when the banking crisis was building up, conservatives opposed President George W. Bush bailing out individual investment banks. When the Bush administration let Bear Stearns face the wrath of its creditors, the GOP was squarely behind the effort. In fact, the first attempt to get the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) passed in the House of Representatives failed precisely because conservatives did not support the bailout of Wall Street investment banks. When attendees at CPAC were asked about their support of Elizabeth Warren, they scoffed. The found nothing in common with her besides a common desire to curtail the financial hegemony enjoyed by the “too big to fail” banks according to SlideShare.

ISIS Threatens Twitter

ISIS has been using social media to get a lot of their messages out lately, one of them being Twitter. But because many of their messages break the terms of service in place by Twitter, their messages have been removed as well as some accounts have been blocked.

ISIS supporters did not respond well to the blocking, and in retaliation has threatened the life of Twitter co-founder and chairman, Jack Dorsey. They also threatened the lives of the employees stated Forefront Capital. In the statement, the claim: “You started this failed war. We told you from the beginning it’s not your war, but you didn’t get it and kept closing our accounts on Twitter, but we always come back.” The message went on to say “For the ‘individual jihadi’ all over the world, target the Twitter company and its interests in any place, people, and buildings, and don’t allow any one of the atheists to survive.”

The spokesperson for Twitter said their security team is working with law enforcement regarding these threats.

President Obama Vetos Congressional Effort to Approve Pipeline

Congress recently passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline without the completion of a State Department review, but President Obama vetoed the measure within hours of it reaching his desk. A White House spokesman on Tuesday stated that the President had not yet determined his final decision on the issuance of a permit for the extension of the oil pipeline, but that he would not approve or disapprove a permit until the State Department review was completed.

Zeca Oliveira of BNY Mellon has read that the proposed $8 billion project would extend a pipeline that begins in oil sands near Hardisty, Alberta. The State Department review occurred because the pipeline crosses the international border between Canada and the USA.

Many members of Congress supported the bill to grant rapid approval because of the potential of the pipeline to create jobs. The pipeline has been pending for six years. A bill to expedite approval passed the Senate in January and the House of Representatives this month by a 270-152 vote.

The Natural Resources Defense Council disagrees with granting a permit. Environmentalists fear increased oil extraction from Canadian oil sands will increase air pollution levels significantly. The proposed pipeline constructed by TransCanada would carry 830,000 barrels of crude a day through Nebraska to oil refineries located along the Gulf Coast, expanding the existing pipeline system’s capacity. The Senate Majority Leader indicated he will seek to override the veto by March 3rd.

Slender Man Attacks For Real

A fictional horror character named Slender Man has led to a serious crime. In 2009, a writer for the humorous website Something Awful posted the first picture of Slendar Man. The writer’s creation was of a freaky alien looking figure in a suite. Slender Man was photoshopped into hundreds of photos.

Slender Man was originally created in a forum, and other users would photoshop the entity into other pictures. Users of the site would write a creepy description about the picture. Slender Man became famous quickly, and children became infatuated with the being. Everything was fun, but recently tragic news broke involving the Slender Man character.

Bernardo Chua recalls that, in May of 2014, in Wisconsin, two young girls named Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier took Slender Man literally. Find more on Chua on Businessforhome.org. They believed that Slender Man wanted them to kill their classmate Payton Leutner. Morgan and Anissa led Payton to the woods, and the two young girls stabbed Payton 19 times. Amazingly, Payton Leutner survived, and she crawled to the road. A bicyclist saw the 12-year old child lying on the ground. The bicyclist quickly called the police, and miraculously Payton Leutner survived.

Almost one year later, a trial is being held. The judge believes that Morgan and Anissa knew what they were doing, and that they should be held accountable for their actions. This entire situation is terrible, and I don’t know how it should be handled.

For more information on this story, visit Rollingstone.

South Florida Congresswoman Proposes to Back Florida’s Medical Marijuana Initiative If Criticism against Her Is Recanted

South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made no bones about her opposition to Florida’s medical marijuana initiative and its backers. Last year, the outspoken representative made her position on the issue clear when she criticized several cannabis advocacy organizations and Orlando attorney John Morgan, who backed the proposal he helped to outline and to which he pledged $4 million of his own money Ricardo Tosto reported.

In reciprocation to Wasserman Schultz’s censure of the plan, Morgan made his opinion of the DNC chairwoman’s attitude against the initiative publicly clear. The proposal, unfortunately, ultimately failed to receive the 60 percent voter-approval it needed to become an amendment to the Florida constitution by a small 2.4 percent margin.

In a politically motivated twist however, Wasserman Schultz extended a proposal to alter her stance on the medical marijuana issue, offering to advocate for the project, only if Morgan would recant his contemptuous remarks about her. Offended by the suggestion which Morgan received via e-mail, he quickly responded, “No. She is a bully. I beat up bullies for a living.” Morgan then forwarded the correspondence to Politico, a news outlet, in an effort to let the public see how “thin-skinned” her political team is.

With nearly 58 percent support by Florida voters for medical marijuana in 2014, Morgan intends to continue his campaign for the cannabis project in the swing state by placing the amendment on the 2016 ballot and making it a heavy issue for Florida voters to consider in the presidential election.

Unemployment Related to Thousands of Suicides

Unemployment leads to stress, depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, family conflicts, divorces, hopelessness, and other emotional breakdowns.

It seems that unemployment has a negative impact on society has a whole. A recent study in Switzerland revealed that unemployment increases the number of suicides in most major countries. Dr. Nordt, Lead author for the University of Zurich says that the government need to find a solution that will reduce unemployment.

The research team assessed data from the (WHO) or World Health Organization mortality database, and the (IMFWEO) International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook database. The information extracted from the database was used as a modeling component to calculate the true effect of unemployment in more than 60 countries.

The information would cover the devastation of suicides in over four regions during an 11 year period, from 2000 to 2011.

Lee Slaughter has read that researchers also found that over these regions the rate of suicide, unemployment increased in 2000 through 2011 by 20 to 30%. More on Slaughter can be found on Theallenpartnership.com. This estimation states that about 233,000 suicides took place annually during this time period. An average of 45,000 of these deaths is strictly related to unemployment.

In 2007, unemployment was responsible for 41,148 suicides. During the recession in 2008, the death toll of unemployment suicides increases an additional 4,983. These numbers show that unemployment is responsible for as much as nine times the amount of job related suicides, as the economy enters into a crisis situation.